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The Day of Atonement
Chapter 15 Leviticus 16
In the Seventh month . . . Once a year . . . For all, at once . . . This day as regarded the High-Priest . . . as regards the Atonement itself . . . The two goats . . . This day as regarded the People . . . A day of Penitence and soul-sorrow.
Some have thought, that the correct place for Leviticus Chapter 16 is right after Chapter 10, instead of after Chapter 15. Maybe delivery of it was delayed by the sin and fall of Nadab and Abihu, but I feel the proper place is exactly where God has put it. This Chapter is really a summary and shortened review of all that preceded it. It sums up in one solemn package all that had previously been given in lesser detail. And as it would be strange and unsound to review before going through with the principal discourse, it would have been improper to introduce this Chapter at an earlier stage in the delivery of these Laws. So far, three main subjects have been considered: Offerings, Priests and Sin, for which they were intended to be the remedy. We shall now survey all of them under one evaluation.
There is so much to be gained by frequent repetition. By going over a subject again and again, we learn to master our tasks, and we become wiser than we were before. It is by OFTEN hearing something that it finally becomes rooted in our hearts, and bonds itself to our souls as a part of our intellectual life. We benefit daily as we pay attention to the Word of God, and depend greatly on the constant repetition of the same Great Truths of the Gospel, than on any thoughts of preachers. God’s Holy Word is the clear and constant exposition of the plain doctrines of grace that converts men and builds them up in holiness. God’s Word is our MAP for each new day. God’s Word has in it EVERYTHING that we need to get through any and all rough spots we may meet. God, in His Holy Law, repeats and repeats in detail, line after line, and rule upon rule, to ground His people well in ALL the great facts of His will and purposes.
Chapter 16 suggests the most solemn and interesting ceremonies contained in the Hebrew ceremonies. It presents God's Law for the Great Day of Atonement . . . the most impressive day in the Jewish calendar . . . a day to which all classes look with unusual anxiety . . . a day when they were to lay aside every secular employment and afflict their souls . . . the day when the high-priest was to go into the Holy of holies, and to make an atonement for all the sins, all irreverence and all disrespect, and all the pollutions of Israel, from himself down to the lowest of the people, for the entire year. It was a day of seriousness connected directly with the cross at Calvary and the entire work of redemption by Christ Jesus. Let us consider it in this light, and try to have our minds filled, and our hearts warmed by the glorious Truths which it was meant to foreshadow.
Lev. 16:29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: (KJV)
In the Bible, the year of Jubilee occurs after seven sets of seven yearly intervals (49 total) are completed. So, after seven years of Sabbaths, we reach the 50th year. A year dedicated to rest, to restoration of property, and to freeing people from debts, servitude, and slavery. The fiftieth or "liberty" year is proclaimed on one of God's annual feast days known as the Day of Atonement.
The Day of Atonement was prearranged for "the seventh month." Seven is a symbol of completeness. The solemnity in the seventh month, seems to refer to the fact noted by the apostle, that it was: Gal.4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (KJV) . . . There is always wisdom and order in all God's arrangements. Had Christ come earlier than He did, the important value of His mediatorial work would have been the same . . . but there would have been an absence of preparation to appreciate, receive and spread it . . . and it would not have been as powerful upon mankind. So, His Coming was delayed by God the Father until the right time, when His cross would stand in the center of history and in sight of all the nations of the Earth. Jesus lived when the world was adequately at peace to give Him a hearing . . . when the ways were sufficiently open for the immediate universal declaration of His Gospel . . . and when the experience of four thousand years was before them to prove to how much they needed such a Teacher and Priest as He.
Therefore, Jesus’ Coming to take away our sins, was in "the fulness of time."
The Day of Atonement is in "the seventh month." This great compensation service occurred just once in a complete revolution of time . . . "once a year." A year is a full and complete period. There is no time which does not fall within the year. The occurrence of the Day of Atonement being but once in the entire year plainly points to another great fact stated by the writer of Hebrews, that "Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many" (Heb.9:28). ONCE, not time after time as is done by the Catholic mass! There is absolutely NO repetition in Jesus’ sacrificial work, now or ever! He suffered and died on the cross ONCE . . . NOT multiple times as the Catholic mass implies!
The common sacrifices were repeated every morning and evening, to show that mankind is constantly in need of atoning services; but the great transaction in which that atonement was really affected was performed but ONCE in a complete period. When our Great High-Priest made His great Sacrifice for us in the seventh month, it referred back to all the past months of the world's age, and forward to all months to come. There is a beauty in this thought, for it throws a brilliant radiance around the cross of Calvary which renders it awful to consider any other event to come even close to what Jesus did for us that day on the cross. The events of that day have NO equal anywhere in history. They establish the one, great and ONLY transaction of that kind in all the periods of time.
To consider the scenes of that occasion is to behold what the world for four thousand years was waiting for . . . what has absorbed the profound attention of the righteous in all ages . . . and what shall be the main theme of the songs and celebrations of everlasting life. "Christ was once offered" and in that ONE offering of Himself, all the ages of human existence were condensed and included. It is also to be noticed, that the atoning services of this remarkable day had respect to the entire nation at once. Lev.16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses. (KJV)
Most of the other offerings were personal, having respect to specific individuals, and to special cases of sin, uncleanness or uneasiness. But on the Day of Atonement, the offerings were general, and the repentance had respect to the entire people. This recalls another great evangelic truth, namely, that Christ "died for all" . . . "gave himself a ransom for all" . . . "by the grace of God tasted death for every man" . . . and "is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world." There are preachers who teach a limited atonement . . . but if they mean that the sufferings of Christ was not meant for ALL men, I strongly disagree for that is NOT Scriptural. Limited Atonement is an incorrect teaching that Christ's redeeming Work was to save ONLY the elect, the predestinated ones. This heresy teaches that He died for the penalty of sin in the place of ONLY certain specified sinners. HOW ABSURD! It is only common sense that the Bible CANNOT teach both an "Unlimited Atonement" and a "Limited Atonement." Only one belief can be right! SO . . . the other one has to be wrong because these two beliefs contradict one another.
Jesus commanded: Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (KJV) . . . IF the Gospel was not meant for "every creature," how can these preachers and their “limited atonement” justify Jesus’ command? The angel who announced the Saviour's birth said: Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (KJV) . . . ALL people!!!
The Gospel is to be Good News to ALL, and it is available to ALL who want to hear it! The writer of Hebrews said that "the offering of the body of Jesus Christ" was made "once for all" (Heb.10:10) . . . BUT . . . not ALL people are benefitted to the same degree . . . NOT all are reconciled and saved. So many people hate, or neglect or reject God’s salvation brought to their very doors . . . their unbelief makes them guilty of the Blood of Jesus Who laid down His life for them. It is no fault of the atoning rules, because redemption is free. The Day of Atonement was meant to provide forgiveness for ALL the people.
Let us then look a little more closely into the contacts of this important day. First, as viewed by the high-priest, upon whom all the services of the occasion revolved; second, as respects to the atonement itself; and third, as viewed by the people to be benefitted. If we survey these facts, we can then form a correct start of the Great Day of Atonement.
<><><>1. It was to the high-priest a day which forced many inconveniencies, anxieties and humiliations on him. Seven days before it came, he was severed from his family and home, and limited to the work of preparation for what was coming. The humbler duties, which at other times, was power transferred to a lower level upon the regular priests, but now all were on that day to be performed by the high priest. He was put upon a small diet, and on the Atonement Day, was required to fast completely until evening. In order to enter upon the Atonement services, he had to strip himself of all his high-priestly clothing and put on the simple linen dress of one of the common priests. And to all this was added fear and trembling lest he should die as he went into the Holy of Holies. And so, it was with our Great High-Priest when He undertook to atone the guilt of man. Phil. 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.(KJV) . . . Separated from His Heavenly Home Jesus became a suffering, hard-working, self-denying servant. No gold mingled its glory with royal colors to adorn His humble robe. No jewelry was on His Shoulders or on His Breast. No grand chariot carried Him to the place of His massive deeds of love.
Mat. 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. (KJV) . . . He did have on a robe of purple; BUT it was a robe of mockery. He did wear a crown; but it was a crown of thorns, cruelly smashed down on His Brow by mean and hateful enemies. He did have in His Hand a scepter; but it was "a reed," placed there in contempt to deepen His humiliation.
2 Cor. 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (KJV)
2 Cor. 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. (KJV)
Isa. 53:2-5 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)
Although Christ Jesus had glory with the Father before the world was (John 1:1-2; 17:5, 24), He laid it all aside, and went forth with "neither form nor comeliness, nor beauty that we should desire him" (Isa.53:2). And so too, the high-priest amid hardships, humiliations and anxieties which made Him sorrowful even unto death, He went through with the services of the great day of the world's expiation.
<><><>2. It was to the high-priest a day which imposed all its services upon him alone. He was not to be accompanied or assisted by anyone. EVERYTHING to be done was to be done by himself, with his own hands. The law said: Lev. 16:17 And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel. (KJV)
Even the ordinary services on this particular day, the trimming of the lamps, the reviving of the fires, the daily sacrifices, the slaying of the animals, the carrying and sprinkling of the blood, the burning of the sacrifices and incense, everything had to be done by the high-priest alone. And so it was when Jesus undertook the expiation (atonement) of the world's guilt, "of the people, there was none with him" (Ps. 69:20). NO one shared in the labor. Isaiah says, "I looked, and there was none to help" (Isa.63:5).
Jesus’ "own arm brought salvation." His "own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree" (1 Pet.2:24). When Jesus’ Soul was made an offering for sin, it was HE alone that was in control. On that solemn day, ALL His helpers were withdrawn. Lovers and friends were put far from Him. He was all alone as His Soul struggled in the garden (Mat. 26:38). He was all alone as He hung on that cross, for even His Heavenly Father seemed to give up on Him. ALL the hopes of the world shuddered in that LONE Breaking Heart of Jesus, isolated, with NO help. IF He had wavered, or His strength had failed, salvation would have been lost forever. The cup was given him to drink, and there was silence in heaven while He trembled over it. The immortality of millions hung upon His drinking of it. And amidst "sweat, as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground," He said, "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done;" (Mat.26:42) . . . and He drained it with all its bitter dregs, ALONE. Ask Him now, "Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel; and thy garments like him that treadeth the wine-fat?" and the response is, "I have trodden the wine-press alone; and of the people there was none with me" (Isa.63:2-3).
<><><>3. The day of atonement was to the high-priest also a very oppressive and exhausting day. His duties, in his complete isolation, were really crushing. The mere responsibility that was upon him that day was a weight that not every man could bear. In addition to that, he had all the duties concerning the holy ordinances and the sanctuary to perform, including the slaying and offering of some fifteen or seventeen animals. So hard and trying was his work, that after it was over, the people gathered round him with sympathy and congratulation that he was brought through it in safety. But that was only a tiny picture of that still more crushing load which was laid upon our Great High-Priest when making atonement for the sins of the world.
None among all the sons of the mighty could ever have performed the work which He performed, and lived. All through His life, there was a weight upon Him . . . so heavy and pressing ever so greatly on His Soul, that there is no account (to my knowledge) that He ever smiled. Groans, tears and deep oppression accompanied Him at nearly every step. And when we see Him in His agonizing prayers in the garden, and under the burdens of insult and wrong which were heaped upon Him in the halls of judgment, and struggling with His load along that depressing way until the power of His Frame yielded, and He fell faint onto the ground, oppressed by the cross until His innermost Soul uttered itself in cries which startled the heavens and shook the world. We see a display of labor, distress and exhaustion, at which we should stop, consider, wonder and weep in mere compassion with a sorrow and bitterness beyond all other sorrow. Was there ever grief like His?
We now look at the atonement itself. Here we find that several kinds of offerings were to be made. The idea was to make the picture complete by bringing out in different offerings what could not be expressed by just one offering. They were only different stages of the same sacrifice, pointing to the ONE offering of Christ Jesus, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God. There was a ram for a burnt-offering, and a kid for a sin-offering, NOT meaning that Christ was offered more than once, or that there was another offering beside His; but to set forth the FACT, that Christ's ONE offering was for ALL kinds of sin; as it is written, "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin" (1 John 1:7). There is a multiplication of victims, that we may see the largeness and varied applications of the ONE great atonement achieved by Christ Jesus.
The most vital, essential and remarkable of these atoning services was that connected to the two goats, as provided for in Leviticus 16:7-22. One of these goats was to be slain as a sin-offering, and the other was to have the sins of Israel laid upon its head, and then to be taken away alive and left in the wilderness. The one symbolized the atonement of Christ in its means and essence; the other, the same atonement in its effects.
It may at first seem a little repulsive to us, to have the blessed Saviour symbolized by a goat. The animal familiar to us by this name, and our tastes respecting it, are by no means favorable to such an association of ideas. But the Syrian goat is a graceful, dignified and clean animal. It was often used as the symbol of leadership and royalty. It was very highly appreciated by the Jews, and was one of the most valuable of their domestic animals. It had none of those bad associations which attach to our goats. The laws of Moses contemplate it with great favor. To an ancient Israelite, it was a pure, elevated, vigorous, useful and noble creature. Observing Christ through it, they would have conceived of Him as a great leader, strong, virtuous and exalted.
The goats to be used on the day of atonement were these Syrian goats, kids of the first year, without blemish . . . pictures of our propitiation, spotless, perfect and elected to bleed on God's altar in the freshness, prime and vigor of His Manhood. They were to be furnished by the congregation of Israel, procured at the expense of the public treasury, and brought forward by the people. So, there was a price paid by the Jewish officials for the anxiety of Jesus. At thirty pieces of silver they procured Him. And His own people brought Him forward to the altar, saying, "Crucify him, crucify him" (John 19:6). The sacred lot was to decide which one should die. So, after all, it was God who made the selection. It was the Eternal Father who set apart Christ to bleed for man. The Jews acted out their own malicious counsel when they brought Him to the slaughter; but He was, at the same time, "delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God" (Acts 2:23). The lot having designated the victim, it was to be slain. "Without the shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb.9:22). Israel's sins demanded an offering, and the sacrificial blade soon left that spotless lamb quivering in the agonies of death. The law said to Aaron, "Kill the goat of the sin-offering" (Lev.16:15), "and he did as the LORD commanded." And thus was the Blessed Saviour brought as a lamb to the slaughter. The guilt of ages was crying out for blood; and the holy law pointed to Him. Heaven looked on in breathless wonder. Bound hand and foot to the tree with rugged chains, the sweat gathered on His Brow, the fatigue of declining life in His Eyes, the cries of an unmeasured inward anguish quivering on His parched and grief-stricken lips. There was a dreary struggle in His mangled frame, as the Lamb of God died in OUR place. He hung dead in the face of heavens as the angels were stunned at the awful spectacle! He was taken, and with wicked hands was crucified and slain . . . slain as the sacrifice for the sins of the world!
There are sweet and wonderful miracles of that cross of Jesus, where God the Saviour loved us so much that He died in our place, paying the penalty for OUR sins! I simply cannot imagine love that great! There are some great and mystifying mysteries surrounding the doctrine of atonement, at which the faith of some is speechless.
I find it to be a subject which is the center of all disclosure . . . the treaty ground on which the beautiful and inspiring attributes of our Triune God embraced each other and united in the wondrous offer of forgiveness and reconciliation to a race of rebels under sentence of eternal death.
Eph. 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (KJV) . . . The very foundation of a plan of grace lay before the great Mind of God for unmeasured ages, as the chosen and appointed outlet of glorious immortality to fallen man. The mere signs and manifestations of nature, which attended the death of Jesus, are FAR beyond the grasp of any human comprehension; so how is it possible for man to try to reason it all out!
But of this I am sure: "Christ, our Passover ,was sacrificed for us;" (1 Cor. 5:7) that "for the transgression of my people was he smitten" that "his soul was made an offering for sin;" (Isa.53:8); and that "we were not redeemed with corruptible things ... but by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Pet.1:18-19), and that in the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, the one and only great foundation was laid which is the one and only Way (John 14:6) to the Father, and to glory and eternal life.
The mere slaying of the sacrificial victim was not all, for its blood had to be carried and sprinkled before the LORD in the Holy of holies. So it was that the mere death of Christ was NOT the atonement. It was the preparation, the material and groundwork for the atonement; but not the atonement itself. Christ needed to rise from the dead and ascend into Heaven, and "appear in the presence of God for us" (Heb.9:24), before all the requirements were met. Then was Jesus made a High-Priest forever, and has "for us entered within the veil" (Heb.6:19) and "passed into the heavens" (Heb.4:14), "not into the holy places made with hands (Heb.9:24), into heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God for us . . . "not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place" (Heb.9:12), and is "even at the right hand of God making intercession for us"(Rom.8:34). Dear one, it is by these Holy services, that are now going on in Heaven, that Jesus, our Great High-Priest "obtains eternal redemption for us" (Heb.9:12).
The offering is accepted. The Father’s cry of wrath is hushed. The account of sin is cancelled. Believing Israel is cleansed and free!
Now, the more effectively to portray and signify this forgiveness, was the second goat introduced into these services.
Lev. 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: (KJV)
Interpreters have many ideas of disposing of this scape-goat, and in explaining what it means. I think the true interpretation is very plain, that being the scape-goat represents Christ, in some part of His atoning services. EVERYTHING on the great day of expiation referred to Christ. It was a condensed picture of redemption through the Son of God. I cannot see how this goat can be made to imply anything else. If we give this goat its proper place in the service, every difficulty vanishes.
This scape-goat is not introduced until after the first goat had been slaughtered, and its blood accepted as an atonement in the holy of holies. So, it does not refer to anything in the Saviour's history by which atonement was made, but to something following . . . something going out from the atonement . . . to some later effects or results. It represents Christ in the blessed consequences flowing out to those who believe. Christ is the scape-goat, in so far as He bears our sins away where they are seen and heard of no more. What an impressive figure. There stood the gentle creature, meekly receiving upon its head "all the iniquities of the children of Israel" (Lev.16:21). In that I see a patient Saviour as "the LORD laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isa.53:6). It is the important symbol of the penitent sinner's forgiveness. His guilt is borne far away, out of view. It is remembered against him no more (Heb. 8:12; 10:17). It is gone forever.
Consider now, the people to be benefitted by the services of this remarkable day. It is very clear that the services and offerings of this day were meant for the ENTIRE Jewish nation. But, NOT all of them were reconciled and forgiven. The effectiveness of these services depended on the individual himself. There was a way prescribed for the people to keep the day; and failing to do that, was to fail in the benefits of the day of atonement.
Lev. 16:30-34 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. 31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. 34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses. (KJV)
The Great Day of Atonement was a day on which God's requirement was, "Ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all. It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls." There was a practical and spiritual experience to go along with the priestly services. The blood, sacrifice, incense and solemn entrance into the Holy of holies could do no one any good, and the scape-goat bore no one's sins away to forgetfulness, IF they did not come to these services with humbled and penitent hearts, and afflicted souls. The Day of Atonement was to be a day of remorse, weeping, soul-sorrow for sin, confession, reformation and a return to God, and a day of heartwarming, emotional, affecting and stirring heart-melting and love. Without these things, the offerings were in vain, its incense useless, its solemnities but idle ceremonies. Christ's atonement is NOT for them who do not know how to appreciate it, whose hearts are not softened to contrition by His dying love, who feel no regret for their sins which murdered Him, and no fond affection for those whom He has redeemed. In utter conceit do we dream of Heaven, IF we have NOT repented of our wickedness, or think our condemnation gone, IF we have not cast off all our evil ways. It would be useless to talk of penances and fasts, of good deeds and charities, IF the spirit does not ache at the remembrance of Calvary.
All the pardon-speaking Blood of Jesus, would be nothing if there were no breaking of our own hearts and contrition of our souls to accompany the offering of it. Without TRUE repentance on our part, His glorious mediation would not be ours, and would be worse than if it had not ever been. Isa. 1:16-17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (KJV) . . . Such are the commands that are upon us to render us acceptable worshippers. "It is such a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul" (Isa.58:5), saith the LORD.
IF you would have Christ's Atoning Day be a blessing to your soul, you must come to it with a moved and trembling heart. Come to it with your spirit bowed low for your many sins. Come to it as the humbled prodigal came back to the kind Father whom he had wronged. Come to it as the poor heart-broken publican came, smiting your guilty breast and crying, "God be merciful to me a sinner!" Think of what Jesus went through at Gethsemane, and weep. Think of Calvary, and weep. Think of the Saviour's many great agonies, and weep. Weep in sympathetic sorrow for His mighty griefs. Weep at the sad wrongs which there came upon the Holy Innocence for your good. Weep at the prayers of love and intercession which the dying Redeemer poured out even for His murderers . . . among whom you are one, in a sense, to be numbered. Weep at being a member of a race that could abuse and kill the only begotten Son of God. Think of the nails and spear that pierced Him, and the crown of thorns pressed on His bleeding Brow, and at the anguish uttered in his expiring cries so meekly borne for thee, and weep! Press to His cross and plead for forgiveness. Fall on your face at His amazing grace, and hate yourself for the vileness that could be atoned only at such a dear price. Afflict your soul and weep bitterly; but weep and be grateful because there is hope and that there is pardon through our precious Saviour's death.
It was a beautiful arrangement, that when the year of jubilee came, it always began with the evening of this Day of Atonement. The law says: Lev. 25:8-9 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. (KJV)
Such is the Great Day of Atonement, a wondrous day, a day on which all man's days of peace depend, the birth-day of spiritual joy, hope and immortality, the day from which salvation springs, the day in which the Christian's Heaven has its roots, the day that ushers in the everlasting year of jubilee. And that day to us is now.
The Saviour stands before God in the Holy of holies with incense of supplications for us all. Shall we shout, or shall we weep? Shall we rejoice or shall we tremble? So many people enter this solemn day with hearts playful and non-caring, while the Lamb of God was being shown dying and dead before you, some perhaps even laughing. While God has been saying, "Afflict your souls," some have been insulting or carousing. While the Son of God lay lifeless and murdered for the sinner's sins, those meant to be brought to penitence have been dancing and making merry. Dear one, has Heaven seen your scowl and heard the words of mockery on your lips? Our Saviour died for YOU!!! Please consider this! Your day (life) is passing. Have you considered poor sinner, if it should end and leave you with your sins and guilt unpardoned, and your soul uncleansed? Is that what you want? That would be your being condemned to Hell! Wouldn’t you much rather have Heaven be your eternal Home?
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV) . . . If it were not so, I, would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you . . . this states the certainty of it . . . that His Father did have a “house,” and in it were many mansions, abundant room for all His people. Jesus does NOT lie . . . ever! He would NOT tell them, and us, this tremendous Truth if it were not so! "I go to prepare a place for you" . . . Heaven is a Kingdom prepared by Almighty God for His saints, from the foundation of the world (Tit.1:2). By the Presence and intercession of Christ, who is gone on before, and is a Forerunner entered into it, He has taken possession of it in the name of His people.
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV) . . . How I love this verse! It speaks so much to me!
To an inheritance . . . eternal life is the inheritance of TRUE believers (Eph. 1:18) and elsewhere, as being given NOT as wages to hirelings, but as a GIFT (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8), an inheritance to children born of God, and adopted by Him.
Incorruptible . . . immortal, everlasting, which being once possessed, CANNOT be taken away, nor pass over to others. Once saved, always saved!
Mat. 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is inheaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV) . . . This speaks of hypocrites, professors, NOT possessors of Christ. This most likely refers to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev.20:11-15), where all unbelievers will stand. I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. . . you do NOT want to hear these words!!
Mat. 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV) . . . These shall NOT, as some vain dreamers have thought, have a deep, quiet sleep in the grave . . . NOT according to the Scriptures! Luke 16:23-26 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (KJV) . . . According to the LORD Jesus, even in Hades, there shall be torment! Only the righteous go to eternal life in Heaven!
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
Is the Gospel in the Book of Leviticus? YES, it is!!!
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